To support research into and preservation of the heritage, history, traditions, and accomplishments
of the Volga Germans.
Austin, Texas (6-7 February 2016)
Scottsdale, Arizona (27-28 February 2016)
Boise, Idaho (12 March 2016)
Leavenworth, Washington (27-29 April 2016)
Hays, Kansas (4 June 2016)
Fort Collins, Colorado (23 July 2016)
Great Bend, Kansas (August 2016)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin (24 September 2016)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (27-30 October 2016)
Information about registration and a schedule of events can be found on the website of each event. Please contact the CVGS by phone at 503.493.6369 or by email if you have questions.
The Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) at Concordia University is the proud new steward of The Lord Is My Shepherd, a large-scale painting by Northwest artist Colista Murray Dowling. The painting depicts Christ holding a lamb, tending both a literal and figurative flock of sheep and children, with his "followers" waving pennants and marching forth on a path in the background. Until recently, the painting adorned the apse behind the choir loft of St. Paul's Evagelical & Reformed Church on the northeast corner of the intersection at Eighth & Failing Street in northeast Portland.
This neighborhood was originally inhabited by immigrant families, predominately Volga Germans. The church was founded in 1904 by several families, many of whom were originally from the Volga German colonies of Brunnental and Grimm. Rev. Jacob Hergert, the first pastor of St. Paul's, was also an immigrant from Brunnental. He led the congregation for its first 17 years.